Travel Inn Tours & Travel is firmly committed to preserving our fragile environment. All tours follow a strict eco-code that involves everyone, starting from the office, to our clients, the adventure staff on field and the local community. When developing and manufacturing our products we are always looking for more environmentally friendly alternatives.
WE PLEDGE TO ...be a partner in conducting responsible and sustainable tourism with minimal impact on the physical, cultural and social environment of the area. Moving towards the task outlined in the above pledge we have to conserve and protect our environment on all fronts. In the following pages we have endeavored to extensively outline industry specific guidelines. These measures have to be adopted sooner or later by the tourism industry in a positive and pro active collaboration with the Indian Government.
Why conserve ? We all want to survive. To do that we all depend on the earth's resources for our basic needs. If resources are no longer available, then we are not only threatening our own existence but also that of future generations and the wildlife with which we share this planet. Unfortunately humans have not been looking after the earth's resources carefully enough; instead we have been using them without consideration for the environment or future needs. We are in danger of destroying the natural systems that are providing those significant resources. The time has come when we have got to look at changes in lifestyles because, not only are we gambling with our own survival, but also that of all the other' species on earth.
How can we conserve ? This can only be achieved by living sustainable. Sustainability is a key word for the 1990s and for many people this will mean a significant change in both attitude and actions. Everyone must understand the effects that their activities are having on other individuals, other communities, other nations, future generations and other species. The internationally recognized text, Caring for the Earth states that "sustainability is an ethic based on care for each other and the Earth." Development should not be at the expense of other communities or later generations, nor threaten the survival of other species. The benefits and costs of resource use and environmental conservation should be shared among people who are poor and those who are rich, and between our generation and those who will come after us.
TREAD SOFTLY The Indian Outdoors are a fragile environment. They are also becoming increasingly popular with people who are learning to appreciate the natural values and the recreation opportunities available. The increasing numbers of visitors is having an effect on the area’s natural and cultural heritage. Mushrooming construction, expanding campsites, bacteria in creeks and rivers, erosion, deterioration of walking tracks(some are even being turned in to motor able roads) and the destruction of local architecture, giving way to ugly, modern structures, have all become more common in recent years.
Fortunately some visitors and companies have adopted the ethic of minimal impact recreation. We can minimize the damage to the natural environment by learning to tread softly and this reduces the need to place restrictions on visitors. Without it we run the very real danger of "loving our natural areas to death". By learning to tread softly, we can minimize the damage to the natural environment. Reduce the need for track and campsite closures, or even worse have them turn into built up resorts, and tarred roads.
We have compiled a series of codes covering a range of adventure and recreation activities. The codes contain common sense information to protect the natural and cultural environment and encourage safety.
GUARDIANS OF KASHMIR We take seriously our role as 'guardians of the Kashmir' so whilst contributing to the development of mountain adventure in Kashmir we are committed to protecting the environment that we work in and act as responsible tourism leaders. We ensure that all our treks cause minimal environmental impact, that we act respectfully towards the local culture and wherever possible make sure the local community shares the benefits of trekking and tourism.
FOLLOWING POINTS SHOULD BE FOLLOWED FOR RESPONSIBLE TOURISM :
WATER PURIFICATION ITS EASIER THAN YOU THINK
CLEAN WATER- We all know we can't drink the water in developing countries because it might make us sick from any number of microscopic critters which could cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps or worse. Most people buy bottled water which has huge environmental impacts as well as being expensive and possibly unhealthy. What to do? Travel prepared to clean your own water or use water in containers provided by hotels and operators if they have it. WHY?
IT'S EASY: There are many bottles you can choose from. We love Liberty Bottles. There are also many ways to clean your water which fall into three categories: electronic, chemical and mechanical.
Example of electronic: STERIPEN
Example of chemical: POTABLE AQUA TABLETS
Example of mechanical: GRAYL- The Water Filtration Cup
Use Promo code GRAYL-LOVES-TAP and Grayl will donate 5% to TAP.
For more information go to TAP www.travelersagainstplastic.org . Please consider signing the pledge not to use plastic water bottles while traveling. And then be the change you want to see in the world.
Better for the environment
DO THE MATH
In the first two months of 2012, 8.1 million U.S. citizens traveled abroad according to data released by the U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries. 8.1 million travelers over two months =48.6 million a year (estimated) 3 bottles a day for one 2 week trip= over 3.4 billion plastic water bottles used.
Reuse bottles at home as well Three corporations dominate the bottled water market in the US. Pepsi has 13% of the market and Coke has 11%, both of which resell treated tap water, by putting it through an energy intensive process called reverse-osmosis. This process takes more energy than turning seawater into drinking water.
San Francisco's tap water comes from Yosemite National Park and is so pure the EPA does not require it to be filtered. A bottled of Evian water at $1.35 could be refilled with San Francisco tap water once a day for over ten years before the cost would total $1.35.
Be the Change. TAP